Mardi Gras

The festivities of Mardi Gras are unlike any in the world - parades, parties, street revels and masked balls are everywhere.  Mardi Gras is scheduled to be 41 days before Easter running for about six weeks, until Ash Wednesday.   From about 2 weeks before Mardi Gras Day, there is at least one good-sized parade every day; the parades tend to get larger and more elaborate as the final Mardi Gras Day approaches. In the final week of Carnival many events large and small occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities.  Key players in the parade festivities are the 'krewes'.  Krewe float riders toss throws to the crowds; the most common throws are strings of cheap colorful beads, doubloons (aluminium dollar-sized coins usually impressed with the Krewe logo), decorated plastic throw cups, and small inexpensive toys.  Parade goers may want to arrive early - often as many as 4 hours in advance.

Some hotels that are located along the Parade Route: Royal St Charles Hotel, Hotel Le Cirque, Garden District Hotel, Parc St. Charles.

Hotels that are located in the French Quarter and near the Parade:  Royal Sonesta Hotel, Maison Dupuy Hotel, Dauphine Orleans Hotel, Ramada Plaza Inn On Bourbon, Hotel Provincial, Astor Crowne Plaza  French Quarter Landmark Hotel, Queen And Crescent Hotel.

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  • Mardi Gras
  • 2706 Royal St
  • New Orleans, LA
  • (800) 567-0446
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